I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with plenty of partying! I know that I did How did your makeup go? Did you try out any new ideas? Have you worn a Smokey Eye to one of your parties? Did you experiment with any new colours? Let me know what you got up to!
If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Facebook or Twitter account over the last couple of weeks then you will see that I have shared plenty of Makeup and beauty ideas with you all… Have you tried any of them? One of my subscribers, Diane did a fabulous job in re-creating a set of Christmas nails! She used a nail art template and with a little patience, did a FABULOUS job!
On New Years Eve, you might have noticed that I put up a YouTube Video showing you all the 30 Second Smokey Eye… have you checked it out yet? If you haven’t then take a look! As this week draws to a close and you’re looking at getting back into work, then you might be running out of time and energy to glam yourself up before any last parties. DONT PANIC! Check out the video and you will be ready to hit the town with a glamorous evening Smokey Eye … in under 1 Minute! Practice makes perfect so GET PRACTICING!
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Welcome back to Part 5 – the FINAL Part! – to Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of colour
This week I have not only introduced colour to you from a makeup perspective but I have also told you the colours that you should be wearing to complement your eyes in the best possible way! Do you feel more confident with that knowledge?
I’ve explained the Colour Wheel and its role in Colour Theory. I’ve explained colour terminology to you so that you are better equipped to explain to other people what you might want and you should be able to make recommendations to your friends now when they ask your opinion or even ask your advice! Even better!
Yesterday I told you what colours you should be wearing to best show off your natural eye colour and today I said that I would make some product recommendations to you. And that’s exactly what I am going to do. I have tried and tested each of the products below so be assured that when I make my comments, they are based on experiences that I have had with each. This is by no means an exhaustive list of products, nor is it a review “across the board”. By that I mean that below is a list of products and brands that I personally use as part of my Makeup Kit. I have a huge variety of products and various brands and some are better than others (as you would expect) and I have creamed some off of the top layer of my collection that I am going to talk to you about. As my blog expands and grows and I carry out more product reviews, I will be doing more specific recommendations on new products. For Part 5 of my week of Colour, I want to talk to you about SOME of the makeup that I like to use
Today will give you an idea as to some of the better colours that are out there and available to you
When I review an eye shadow / eyeliner/ pigment I am basing the strength of my recommendation on its pigment strength (how vibrant the colour is) and how easy it is to apply. The idea of Part 5 is not for me to be giving you a lesson on how to apply your eye makeup, but it is for me to give you an idea on some of the good eye makeup products out there that will give you the strong coverage that you deserve! There are a lot out there that look great in the pallet but fade away to nothing… and that’s no good for anyone! I will be writing articles on makeup application techniques so make sure that you sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of these coming up!
If you want your eye shadow to remain vibrant and last the day, it’s vital that you apply a primer to your eyelid before you begin your makeup. They are so easy to get hold of and if you don’t want to shop around in-store trying to find one, then have a look online. Just a few brands that do them … Benefit Lemon-Aid, Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Cream-colour base, Lancome Aquatique Waterproof base, Clinique Touch Base, Mary Kay Eye Primer… and the list goes on!
So let’s get to the nitty gritty … Eye Shadows and Eye Makeup that are worth the money and the effort! MAC offers a fantastic variety of eye shadows, each with guaranteed strong pigmentation. I use a lot of MAC eye shadows in my Kit because of their pigment strength and because they come in a fabulous pallet meaning I can have 15 colours easily laid out in front of me!
For powder finish eye shadows, Honesty is a pewtered bronze, Embark is an intense reddish-brown and Folie is a reddish-plum brown and they are all fantastic if you are after a dense woody tone. They are all Browns that work very well when teemed with other complementary shades. They are very versatile colours great for an earthy finish
One of my favourite combinations is to use Teddy eye Kohl with any of the above colours, which is especially beautiful on a light blue eye! It makes the blue really stand out… think back to the colour wheel and yesterday’s Part 4 on colours for blue eyes
Orb is a soft peachy-beige with a satin finish. It’s a versatile natural colour and is used well to cover an entire lid. When it’s combined with some darker socket line shading for a bit of definition, Orb will complement most other eye colours – it’s a great generic kit essential
Scene, which is a muted blue-grey, works very well with Nehru (muted bluish-black) or Carbon (intense black) to add intensity and depth to a smoky eye
MAC Paint Pots are a highly pigmented eye colour that go on creamy but dry to an intense vibrant finish. This advertises itself to enable you to create seamless coverage without weight or caking… and they do just that!
MAC pigments are a highly concentrated loose colour powder containing ingredients that help it adhere to the skin. The great thing about these is that they can be used to give a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. They can be applied dry for the subtle effect or wet for an intense effect. If you’re looking for a pink with a punch, then try Fuscia… you won’t be disappointed!
For colour intensity too, you can’t go wrong with Illamasqua’s powder shadows. They come in a wide range of shades so you will be sure to find one that you like! For a water-resistant, highly pigmented finish, try their cream pigments. They blend on beautifully and are very crease resistant! If you’re looking for a Blue with a kick, try their Pigment in Alluvium …it’s a hot metallic, high shine pigment that can be used on its own or with an eye shadow. Or go all out and try their liquid metal… it’s STUNNING. It comes in a small pot and is such a rich and highly pigmented metallic cream. Fantastic on eye lids that you want to stand out more than the average eye shadow
Bobbi Brown is up there in the top league when it comes to eye shadows too. They’re available in a wide range of colours which are easily applied and blended. Because they are so easily blended together, using a three colour combination works incredibly well. Pick a neutral shade for your entire lid, such as Ivory, with a Taupe in the socket line and punch something like a Rich Brown into your lash line for definition. Voila! Guaranteed hotness J
I can’t complete Part 5 without mentioning Nars or Shu Uemura either. Nars Duo Eye shadows are fantastic in so many ways – firstly you get 2 shadows so your creative licence instantly shoots up compared to if you were working with a single colour! Secondly the pigments are enough to create depth and are easily blended so working the two colours together is no chore at all. With over 50 Duo colour combinations at your ready, your only job is to decide which one(s) to go for!
Shu Uemura’s pressed eye shadows are another favourite. They truly do blend effortlessly for ideal coverage and control. If you’re looking for a green, Medium Olive is stunning. Team it with their Drawing Pencils and try Khaki… they are waterproof so they don’t run away half way through the day, but they can be blended soon after they are applied. A trick that I like to use, is to take an eyeliner and treat is as a primer so effectively you are creating a colour base with your liner. When you layer up your eye shadow colour over the top, any shadow / pigment etc. that is applied will not only stick to the pencil, which means that the colour will last, but the additional pigment really creates more colour depth. A favourite day time effect of mine is to use MAC’s eye Kohl in Teddy over my entire lid, a bronze eye shadow over the top on the inside corner of my eye and then a darker shadow, such as Embark in the socket line. This colour blending is limitless so when you start getting to grips with some of the colours that are available out there for you to buy you will find that only your imagination is your limit
One of the things that really allows me to do my job well is knowing my own kit so I can push the boundaries and possibilities with all of the products that I use. I am a huge believer in you all using the same principle with your own personal makeup bags. I also use “cross-branding” too … and by that I mean I might mix a MAC eye shadow with a Nars eye shadow … there’s no harm in doing that. The same principle applies too for foundations. You are well within your “right” to mix away (as long as they have the same base, for instance, that they are both water based foundations). Just as I would mix bases to match to my clients skin tone, I do the same with eye colour. If your end result is to have a strong colour on your eye then the more that you layer up your colour, the more punch your colour will have on your eye! Does that make sense? I hope so!
With that sentiment, I am going to draw my Week on Colour to a close. I really hope that you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have loved writing every word down. I hope that you now understand how useful colour can be in allowing you to create whatever look you desire! The only limitations to Makeup are either lack of imagination or lack of knowledge of some basic principles, such as The Colour Theory. I’m not saying that you need to learn every single word that I have told you, but you should have an idea about the wide range of endless possibilities that colour has and the ways that can impact how you create your own make-up designs
Never stop experimenting and you will never stop creating
Thank you for reading and I look forward to doing it all again, very soon J
Welcome back to Part 2 of Make Up Like A Pro’s Week of Colour
I hope that you found yesterday’s post useful. Have a look here to re-cap in case you have forgotten what you learnt yesterday J
Have you started to think about how colour affects your own style choices every day? Try and keep colour at the forefront of your mind this week and see whether you start to think differently about it
Today, I am going to explore in depth the Colour Wheel and the role of colour theory in makeup artistry. It is one of the principal foundations of everything that I do. I have to be able to recognise my client’s skin tone, as well as being able to apply corrective makeup. I need to be able to enhance or complement my clients natural colouring by looking at their skin and applying my colour theory knowledge. As part of my casualty makeup skill base, I need to be able to match colour on prosthetic pieces which involves blending away the edges and matching to the skin tone. Check out the casualty makeup below that I have blended and colour matched to the required skin tone. Not only does my job rely on technique, it also relies on colour matching too!
There are a number of colour models but I am going to talk about the colour model RED YELLOW BLUE (RYB) which is used traditionally in art, and the importance of understanding the colour wheel in mixing colours. It’s not only vital to know what colours look good together when doing a makeup, but it’s also crucial for me to understand what colours cancel each other out too. For instance if I am required to cover up a tattoo, putting a flesh coloured pigment straight onto the ink is not always enough to knock out the blue of the ink, so picking a colour that will cancel out the blue ink first, then matching the skin colour is a process that I might need to go through
Check out the photos below of the process that I had to go through to conceal a standard tattoo – please note that the photos have NOT been airbrushed. The concealing of the tattoo has been done entirely through the use of makeup!
Using the same theory to conceal redness under the eye, it is common to use a green makeup initially to knock out the red hue then apply a skin tone on top to match the natural skin colour. I’ll talk about how that all works below so carry on reading!
The Colour Wheel
This is a fundamental way of looking at how to mix colours together and being able to get the results you require means that you need to get to grips with their relationships with each other. Below is a list of all the various colour categories that you should be familiar with and how they relate to each other
Primary colours: Red, Yellow and Blue – All other colours on the colour wheel can be made my mixing primary colours together. You cannot mix any two colours together to make a primary colour and when they are mixed together, they make grey
Secondary colours: Orange, Green and Purple – You create secondary colours by mixing together equal parts of any two primary colours. I.e. red and blue will give you purple (violet)
Tertiary colours: Red-Purple, Red-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Purple, Yellow-Orange – You can create these by mixing equal parts of a secondary colour and a primary colour together
Complementary colours: Another concept that is very important when it comes to colour and makeup are complementary colours. These colours are directly opposite each other on the Colour Wheel. The aspect I LOVE about these colours is that when you place them side by side, they make both colours appear brighter which gives a strong contrast. Can you see why this might be a vital piece of knowledge when choosing which eye shadow to wear? As a very general rule, you usually want the base colour of your eye shadow to be complementary to your eye colour. Also useful for hairdressing, using a purple shampoo will knock out the yellow from blonde hair, making it more ashen
Quaternary colours: These are made by mixing two of the secondary colours together , resulting in a brown colour. These colours are particularly important when it comes to describing our underlying skin tones. An olive brown skin tone which is green + purple has a blue bias and an orange + greenish brown has a yellow bias and will often be referred to golden or sallow. A purple + orange brown has a red bias and will often be described as ruddy or warm. All of these underlying tones will affect which makeup will work best on each
Earthy / neutral tones: black, browns and greys: These are created by either mixing all three primary colours with any two secondary colours or mix all the primary and secondary colours together
Harmonising colours: For example blue and green, these colours share a pigment and blend easily into each other
So by categorising colours into their relevant areas, we can see each of their relationships with each other and by mixing different proportions, we can create any colour that we want!
My aim for you all today, is to understand that you can mix any colours together, and understand what happens to them when you do. I also want you to get your head around how colours mix together so that you can understand that we are able to match any foundation to any skin tone; we are able to conceal any colour with the right combination of colours, to achieve the required and desired finish
So, that is all that I am going to give you today … I think that’s enough to digest before tomorrow! Can you see that there is much, much more to do with colours than simply getting the mix correct?
How a makeup ends up looking on camera is affected by a whole host of other influencing factors. I am going to cover this tomorrow along with some other really useful colour theory and the rest of the week I am going to get to the stuff that you have all been waiting for … which colours you should be wearing!!
I’m taking a slight step away from the format that I would normally take for my posts and daily topics due mainly to the unforeseen circumstance that I found myself in on Friday… My A&E outing… ! I’m staying instead, with my earlier theme of “not always keeping on top of your beauty regime” and I’m going to chat to you about some common Beauty Blunders!
A recent survey was undertaken and published in Hello Magazine online which detailed the top beauty blunders that we have all, I’m sure, been guilty of … in the past …!?!
Looking at old photos, there are plenty of those “back in the day” moments when we were welcoming makeup into our lives for the first time and might have been a little heavy handed and careless when attempting to beautify ourselves! I am sure that if we are all honest, then we can think of at least one occasion when we didn’t quite cut the mustard with our look J
Thanks to the survey though, it can be revealed what the most offensive makeup mistakes to make actually are! Can you guess what the first one might be?
Eyebrow overboard! Yes, you might have guessed that going overboard with your eyebrow pencil is a massive NO NO! Those heavily stencilled in brows made popular by certain WAGS topped the charts of makeup faux pas. According to the study, it topped over-plucking and monobrows!
A close second in the makeup mishaps was foundation “tide” marks around your chin. We all know what it’s like to do our makeup in a rush in the morning and the dim light in your bathroom might not provide a true reflection of what you are doing. But you can guarantee that if you missed your blending opportunity and didn’t notice in the comfort of your own home that you’d failed to blend your foundation down your neck, then you can be assured that in the natural light of day, your quick efforts and their effects, won’t be concealed!
Others mishaps included too much makeup, clumpy mascara, lipstick on your teeth, too much blusher and bad roots! Goodness me, when our potential “failings” are laid out in black and white like that, it might send panic waves out there to you all!
DON’T PANIC! To avoid all these Make Up Mishaps why not get into the habit of performing a quick final check list of all the potential “problem areas” before you leave your house so that you will never again be faced with the shame of becoming a makeup statistic!?
Starting at the top of your face move down each of your features and perform Make Up Like A Pro’s recommended personal check list:
(This is not an exhaustive list, but it should help you to get you into your own routine and start getting used to what areas you need to be aware of)
check your foundation is blended in your hair line (if you’ve taken it that far)
check your brows are even and compliment the rest of your makeup
see whether your mascara needs a gentle de-clump
check whether you have smudged your mascara before it got a chance to dry
check that your blusher compliments the rest of your makeup
check your teeth are free from lippie
check that your foundation blends evenly down your chin line
At the end of the day though ladies, Makeup is such a personal choice and whether you favour thick or thin brows, dark or light blusher, dark or pale lips, roots or freshly coloured hair, that is your choice. This article is intended purely to highlight areas that you might not have perhaps considered before!
Friday Fever’s End of the week Makeup…HELP! By Make Up Like A Pro
By this time of the week we are all ready for the weekend to come, right?! Not only is it the end of the week but its also almost the real start of the Festive Season! As its Friday, and you’ve probably got a lot on your mind (with 3 weeks to go before Christmas!) you might have run out of inspirational ideas for your Holiday season glamour?
Weekends before Christmas always involve parties and socialising so you need to keep on top of your Party time makeup and hair looks!
Don’t worry! Make Up Like A Pro has something for you this Friday. We are taking a step back in time, back to the 60’s. Their style and glamour was sky high back then and beehives and eyes were all the focus from the neck upwards. The cat-eyes of that “swinging” decade are back in full force this festive period
To swing your way back to those colourful days, gently pull your eyelid taut with your ring finger and using a soft black eyeliner pencil, draw your cat eye line (which will act as your stencil) from the inside corner to the outside edge of your eye
Once you are happy that you have created two matching lines on both eyes, grab your liquid eyeliner. A pen liner is good but so is a gel liner in a pot with a brush like the MAC fluid line pots. Follow your pencil line to re create a stronger cat line that won’t smudge… but make sure that you allow it to dry before you start blinking otherwise it will smudge!
If there’s any clean up to do, grab a Q tip and moisten the end (don’t soak it) and gently brush the desired area away in small strokes in a direction away from your eye
Don’t forget lashings of mascara and / or your false lashes!
TIP: apply flash lashes before you apply your mascara. You can apply your mascara over the top when your lashes are secure
Add a pale / neutral lip tone so you don’t detract away from your feline flicks
I don’t know about you but I’ve been washed out at work this week in London – we have been filming all week and the rain just keeps getting heavier! Even my wellies are filling up!
Not good, so let’s spice things up a bit with a shot of sex appeal through your makeup. Seeing as it’s mid-week (already?! again?! Have a look here for last weeks midweek article) I thought that I’d do a little mid-week madness and give you an idea for a date night sultry sexy look that will have your fella weak at the knees … read on …
For that dewy look on your cheeks, keep your foundation application light and only apply where it’s absolutely needed, like around your nose, chin etc, to even out your skin tone. Then smile into the mirrow and use a cream blusher on the apples of your cheeks
Take your liquid eyeliner and starting at the midpoint of your eye, create a sexy cats eye by flicking the outer line which will open up your “come to bed” eyes Apply black mascara to finish off your look
Keep your lips wet with a light pink or coral gloss and you’re ready for a sultry sexy mid week date night!
Did you enjoy your hot tip last tuesday? Click here to remind yourself!
Ok, so do you guys know that you shouldn’t keep your makeup forever? Or do you think that if it’s kept in a cool dry place and kept closed then you might be able to keep it forever!? Well, here’s some news for you… let Make Up Like A Protell you that makeup expires and it might be sooner than you think or sooner than you’d like! J As soon as you break the seal on your makeup, the bacteria begins to grow
You have to use your own judgement because makeup companies are not required to post expiration warnings on their labels and you should also be aware of the guidelines that experts recommend
By keeping your makeup cool means that you give the preservatives that help to fight off bacteria, more of a chance to stay intact so that will help your makeup stay fresher for longer
NEVER re-use your makeup after an eye infection as the bacteria will spread and infect anything else that it comes into contact with. That’s another reason to clean your brushes regularly (I clean mine after EVERY use when I’m working). And if your makeup starts to smell or looks like it changes colour, then get rid of it!
Here’s a guideline indicating the approximate length of time that you should keep each piece of makeup in your makeup bag:
Mascara approximately 3 months
Makeup sponges should be washed after every use and thrown away after 1 month
Oil free foundation approximately 1 year
Cream foundation approximately 1 year
Concealer approximately 12-18 months
Powder approximately 18 months
Blush and Bronzer approximately 18 months
Cream blusher approximately12-18 months
Eyeshadow approximately18 months
Eyeliner approximately 18 months
Liquid eyeliner approximately 6 months
Lipstick and Lipgloss approximately 18 months
Lipliner approximately 1 year
Nail polish approximately 2-3 years
So a friend of mine is off to a 1970’s party tomorrow night and asked me at Make Up Like A Pro for some tips… I’ve posted back to her on my Facebook LIKE page but I thought that I’d share it with you guys on here, especially as it’s a FRIDAY NIGHT!! Wooh hoo
Is anyone else going to a 1970’s party this weekend? If so then share your makeup looks with me on here!
This is what I suggested to my friend though … see what you all think
The 70’s was GREAT for the Disco fever… and think Farrah Fawcett for your hair style as that’s pretty easy to mimic and will instantly drop you into the 70’s. See the attached photo and grab yourself some huge fat heated curlers and curl your hair in the direction off of your face in small sections. Carry this on all around your head to create lots of movement. Use hairspray that has some movement in it like Elnette Diamond hold or something similar to create a flexible hold look. You might need something stronger to hold the curl around your face
For your eyes think COLOUR! Blues and Yellow eye shadows were really popular. See the attached photo and mix it in with some glitter if you want to!Define your cheekbones with a complementary colour – peach or soft pink – (suck your cheeks in to create a hollow to find your cheek bones) and top them with some highlighter to show off your bone structureUse eyeliner over your entire eye lid lash line and kick it out at the edges in a slight cats flick. Finish your eyes off with some false lashes. For your foundation, think clean and dewy with a freshly moisturised look. Go for a light moisturising foundation or an illuminating creamAs your eyes should do most of the talking, make your lips less of a statement. Go for a glossy bright pink as it will make your lips slightly more subtle yet still flirtatious
Oh and don’t forget your nails! Some women in the 70’s opted for bare nails and others opted for deep brick reds, browns and burgundies
Give THANKS this Thanksgiving for ALL DAY Makeup and do it Like A Pro!
For all of you guys that are celebrating Thanksgiving today, you’ll be busy running around cooking in a hot kitchen, cleaning the house… Generally running around like crazy, right?
So your face will be doing that marathon with you! This article gives you some great product ideas that will ensure that your makeup stays put all day with a minimum amount of touch ups throughout your day so you’ll remain picture perfect in every way
Apply a primer before you put your foundation on. This will not only help your makeup stay on longer but it will help your makeup go on more smoothly too. Double bonus! Using a primer is one of the key products when I’m doing someone’s makeup…
Mac prep and prime skin base visage is great
Eyeshadow primers are a must have to stop that dreaded crease along your lids appearing as you get hotter! They will keep your eyeshadow colour from disappearing and they will stop it from creasing. It’s a superb product
Pick a long wear foundation. Some are good for 14 hours! Take a look around and don’t be afraid to ask the makeup counters for a tester so you can compare a few different ones. I use Yves Saint Laurent Teint Radiance and it’s stunning
Apply your concealer with a brush as it will go on better and stay on better and make sure you set your foundation and concealer with a matte powder!
Have you tried using blotting papers before? They allow you to stay matte without the need to keep powdering, so you won’t get a build up of makeup throughout the day. They will rid your face of any extra oil without budging your makeup
Try out a some cream eyeshadow and blend it into your crease and socket line and use a water-resistant eyeliner. This will keep your eyes looking freshly lined and so will give the illusion of a fresh-recently-applied makeup!
For lips that just keep on going, line your lips with a lip liner first and then colour in your entire lip with your liner. Then apply your lippie which you will now find will stick firmly on top!
If you follow these priceless recommendations you’ll be well on your way to keeping fresh-faced all day
How to … Make your BLUE eyes BLUER by Make Up Like A Pro
I hope you’re all having a fab weekend! Did you try anything new this weekend? Have you done anything different to your eyes, or your lips or your cheeks? Have you taken any photos that you
could share? If so, then send them to me!So, I thought that I’d dress my own Makeup for the weather today … a crisp, cold, Autumn day where the sun is shining and the tree leaves are turning that gorgeous reddy colour! I did my makeup to match the tones. Have a look at the photo …I have light blue eyes and I wanted to apply a colour to make my eyes stand out as much as possible. So, I looked at the colour wheel and picked a complimentary colour. These are useful when you want to make colours stand out more vibrantly. The colour directly opposite Blue on the colour wheel is Brown / Rust / Orange … those types of tones … so by using these colours together it makes my Blue eyes stand out!
Comment if you like it so far!
These are the products I used to create my eye makeup
MAC “Teddy” eye liner along my top lash line blended softly upwards. TIP – if you apply eyeliner to your eyelid and blend it upwards, then apply your eyeshadow, you will find that the colour from your eyeshadow sticks to your lid more and your shadow won’t budge! It also makes the colour pigment stand out more.
MAC “Bronze” and MAC “Embark” eye shadow blended together in my socket line
Lashings of Black Mascara, I love L’Oreal Volume Millions Mascara in extra Black